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For the rail industry, how to replace the ageing GSM-R radio networks is an ever-present challenge. Thoughts over the past ten years have progressed from 3G to 4G LTE but increasingly nowadays to the prospect of the soon to...
The latest Aspect conference of the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers (IRSE) was held in Singapore, and a report appeared in last month’s Rail Engineer. However, due to its location, the first time that Aspect has been held outside...
To many people, Nokia is only associated with that old mobile phone that’s in a drawer somewhere, probably with a flat battery. However, Nokia today is one of the world’s leading telecommunication network and system providers, both in fixed,...

UK digital strategy

Regular readers of Rail Engineer will now be familiar with the digital rail strategy, but how does this fit with the wider digital strategy for the UK? The recent publication of the government’s Digital Strategy paper provided an opportunity...
The global debate on the merits and problems associated with ERTMS continues unabated. Good progress has been made in recent times with the signing in Autumn 2016 of the Memorandum of Understanding concerning the co-operation for the deployment of...

New UTC for Crewe

Crewe is not only a railway centre, but it also has a long history of engineering excellence with the Bentley Motors works and other smaller engineering specialists. The town has also had a long history of rail training which has...
Doesn’t time fly! It’s about nine months since we last updated readers on progress for this most prestigious and complex of projects - Thameslink. The last article focused on London Bridge station, the demolition of the old shed roof,...
GSM-R (Global System for Mobile - Railways) is now well established as the radio system of choice for track- to-train voice communication in Europe and many countries beyond. A comprehensive description of the system was given in issue 48...
The Liverpool to Manchester Railway, constructed by George Stephenson and opened on the 15 September 1830, is credited with being the world’s first twin-track inter-city passenger railway on which all trains were timetabled and ticketed. Therefore it was only...
Ask most people if there is any similarity between rail and road signals and, beyond saying that they both use red, yellow and green lights, the answer will be “Not Much”. But is this true? And are there opportunities...

Network Rail approves Bender UK’s RS4 rail signal power protection system

Network Rail has approved Bender UK’s next-generation RS4 Rail Signalling Power Protection system that delivers increased sensitivity for first earth fault location...